July 2008

Enjoying the Moment

Merrill Enjoying the Moment
Merrill Enjoying the Moment

Merrill Osmond playing to a sold out Wembley Arena crowd.  I snuck up on stage (often actually) to try and get some unique perspectives.  This shot was very poorly exposed in color with the harsh lighting, but I like it a lot in black and white.  To me this embodies (a bit) what must be so addicting about performing on stage.

Much like a stage entertainer, I find concert photography addicting.  I enjoy every aspect of trying to capture the emotion and energy of a great concert within the confines of a single frame.  I consider this a unique opportunity and particularly challenging with the varied lighting concerts have to offer.  While having full access lends itself to more unique perspectives and angles, the same challenge exists no matter where you are looking from.

Thanks to the Osmonds for having me along for the ride.  I am looking forward to getting this book finished and published…and then open to public scrutiny to see how well I did my job.

Canon 40D, 24-105L, 1/125 at f/4 and 500 ISO
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Bronc Rider

Bronc Rider
Bronc Rider

Taken at the recent Strawberry Days Rodeo in Pleasant Grove, UT.  Because my long lens isn’t all that fast, it gets tough to stop the action as the natural light goes down.  Way out of my fun budget to have a 400mm 2.8!

Canon 40D, Sigma 50-500, 1/320 at f/6.3 and 1600 ISO
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Swan Glamor Session

Swan Glamor Session
Swan Glamor Session

A dozen or so swans were all to willing to get up close to my camera in hopes I had some food to share with them.  Much to their discouragement, I had nothing to offer other than my snapping shutter.

Taken at the lake in Kensington Gardens, London, England on my recent trip with the Osmonds.  I truly enjoyed the gardens for all the beauty they had to offer.  Parks and open spaces are such an essential part of good city planning.  I am glad such a historic place has retained this resource for everyone to enjoy.

Canon 40D, 24-105L, 1/400 at f/8 and 200 ISO
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